The last year has flown by, and our government has been very busy. Things haven’t been easy the last few months, but we are working hard to balance the goals we laid out in Turaaqtavut with the urgent need to fight the spread of COVID-19 in Nunavut.
It’s amazing how much can change so quickly, but we remain committed to grow as a territory, as resilient communities and as successful, vibrant Nunavummiut, while we keep our territory safe and well during the pandemic.
Over the last year, the Government of Nunavut:
- Increased the minimum wage from $13 to $16 per hour, the highest minimum wage in Canada.
- Secured funding and partnership with NTI and the Government of Canada for an in-territory addictions and trauma treatment.
- Continued planning and development of a long-term care facility in Rankin Inlet. Two other regional long-term care facilities are also in development.
- Signed the Devolution Agreement-in-Principle.
- Was named one of Canada’s “Top Employers for Young People” and “Best Employer for Recent Graduates” by Canada’s Top 100 Employers Project.
- Rebuilt the government’s information management/ information technology systems after Ransomware.
- Built 108 housing units in 14 communities.
- Re-opened Iqaluit’s low barrier shelter to help protect vulnerable members of the community.
- Created 255 student books and teacher resources to improve Inuktut literacy outcomes for students
- Developed and implemented the airline procurement strategy, helping to make more affordable travel rates for Nunavummiut.
- Announced the Nunavut Mine Training Centre will be in Rankin Inlet.
- Designated the Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area and the Tuvaijuittuq Marine Protected Area with Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the Government of Canada, contributing over 50% to Canada’s marine protection goals.
- Started the construction of new community health centres in Sanikiluaq and Kinngait.
- Made Nunavut Day a statutory holiday.
- Developed and begun implementing a government-wide Master Inuit Employment Plan and departmental Inuit Employment Plans up to 2023 to increase Inuit employment within the public service.
- Distributed $4.356 million for community-led suicide prevention initiatives.
- Created a dedicated Employee Wellness division within the Department of Human Resources to improve productivity, foster employee health and help retention.
- Secured funding for the Rankin Inlet airport expansion.
- Put the new Public Health Act into force on January 1, 2020, to protect the public and to prevent, detect, manage, and contain health threats.
- Secured federal funding for undersea fibre optic cable into Iqaluit, improving broadband connectivity throughout the territory.
- Launched the Nunavutaaqsimaliqtilluta Qilaut song writing contest to celebrate Nunavut’s 20th anniversary.
- Delivered the first Inuktut first language stream and a language revitalization stream for the Nunavut Teacher Education Program.
- Funded changing all streetlights in Nunavut to high-efficient LED bulbs, saving communities money and reducing their environmental impact.
- Invested more than $78 million to support healthcare, communities, food security, vital air infrastructure and local business during COVID-19.
We have lots of work to do, as we head into the last year of our mandate, but we’re committed, we’re on track and we’re here to work with and for you. Let’s work together and let’s succeed.
Happy Nunavut Day!